Panshan Mountain Scenic Area in Tianjin

Why is Panshan Mountain Scenic Area So Special?

Recently, Panshan Mountain has become an excellent place for Beijing and Tianjin residents. Panshan Mountain is proud of its unique hills, forests, springs and rocks. There are three bends: upper bend, middle bend and lower bend. The upper layer is famous for pine trees. The middle of the rock; The lower the spring.

Where is Panshan Mountain Scenic Area

Panshan Scenic Area covers 26,193 acres (about 106 square kilometers) and is located in Jixian County, 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Tianjin and 40 miles (60 kilometers) from Beijing. As the name implies, this scenic spot is mainly scenic mountain. Panshan, with its natural beauty and historical heritage, is known as “the first mountain east of Beijing” and is listed as one of China’s 15 famous mountains.

History of Panshan Mountain Scenic Area

This mountain got its name in the early Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

Tang Taizong, the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), was full of praise for the scenery when he led the army to a battle during an occasional visit.

In Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 72 temples, 13 pagodas and countless mountain towers and pagodas were built on the mountain. Ganlong was a brilliant and wise Qing emperor. He was deeply impressed. He visited about 30 times and wrote 1366 poems to express his admiration for the region.

In the first half of the 20th century, the whole resort was destroyed due to hostility and neglect. Since the 1990s, it has gone through a process of recovery and has now regained its reputation.

Main Attractions of Panshan Mountain Scenic Area

It is famous for jade pine trees, strange and astonishing peaks, clear waters, grotesquely shaped rocks and clusters of ancient temples.

At its top, countless pine trees cover the sky and block the sun. Rugged rocks of various shapes, some like toads, generals or pythons, will meet you in the middle of the mountain. At its feet, clear water splashed on the rocks. This mountain consists of five peaks, the main peak of which is Guayuefeng. Although GuaYue Feng is only 2835 feet (864 meters) above sea level, part of the Great Wall can be seen in the north, while Taihang Mountain can be seen in the west.


Religious culture is an important part of Panshan Mountain. Historically, Buddhism and Taoism have been intertwined in their development. They vied with each other for hegemony. During the Eastern Han Dynasty, Buddhism began to spread in Jixian County. Xianglin Temple, the first Buddhist temple, was built at the foot of Yushan on the east side of Panshan. In the Tang Dynasty, temples were continuously built here, including Zhaoyun Temple, Song Wan Temple, Tiancheng Temple, Tianxiang Temple, Qianxiang Temple and Ganhua Temple. By the Ming and Qing dynasties, the number of temples in this area had reached 72.


Due to the wonders of the mountain, it attracted many emperors from different dynasties to visit, including the Tang Dynasty’s Emperor Chen Taizhong, Liao Taizong, Qing Dynasty’s Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Ganlong. They came here on vacation to burn incense and pray for national peace. They also left many great poems here.

Best Time to Travel Panshan Mountain Scenic Area

The best time to pay a visit is in April-November.

The scenic spot is mainly dominated by monsoon circulation and is a region where East Asian monsoon prevails. It belongs to continental climate. The main climatic characteristics are clear seasons, windy spring, drought and less rain. The summer is hot and the rain is concentrated. In autumn, the air is cool and the temperature is moderate. Winter is cold and dry with less snow.

Recommended Travel Routes

  • Route 1: Take Rushengtaifo to Song Wan Temple, then take Yunsongtaifo to Guayuefeng.
  • Route 2: Take sightseeing bus up the mountain and then take the Guayue cable car to Guayue Peak.
  • Route 3: Climb up Guayueshan and pass Tiancheng Temple, Song Wan Temple, Huancui Pavilion, etc.

How to Get There

From Tianjin

  • Take a train from Tianjin Railway Station or Tianjin North Railway Station to Jixian County. Then catch the tourist bus no. 12 to Mt. Panshan.
  • Take a bus from Jinyu Bus Station to Jixian County Bus Station. Then take bus no. 11 to the scenic area.
  •  Take a bus directly from Tianjin Tour Bus Center to the scenic area. The bus departs at 8:00 and returns at 16:00.

From Beijing

  • Take a bus from Beijing Dongzhimen Long-Distance Bus Station to Mt. Panshan. The bus departs at 8:00 and returns at 16:00. A one-way ride takes about an hour.
  • Take a train from Beijing East Railway Station to Jixian Country. Then take tourist bus no. 12 to the scenic area.

Useful Travel Tips

Admission Fee CNY 78
Cable Car Fee Rusheng Telpher: CNY 60
Yunsong Telpher: CNY 60
Sightseeing Car + Guayue Telpher: CNY 80
Opening Hours 8:00-18:00
Time for a Visit
5 – 6 hours
  • Before climbing the mountain, be sure to bring more water, because if you go to the mountain to buy water, it is really very expensive.
  • When there are many people, you can choose the farmyard at the foot of the mountain, which is actually quite good.
  • If you feel it is very difficult to climb the mountain, you can choose to take the cableway under the mountain.

Nearby Attractions

Edited by Doreen/张洋